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The Giant Mountains / Krkonoše - The Czech Republic / Poland
International Interdisciplinary Open-Air Workshop for artists and dancers exploring the relation between body, art and landscape
led by Frank van de Ven and Milos Sejn
Supported by Bohemiae Rosa Foundation – Krkonoše National Park / KRNAP – Karkonoski Park Narodowy
The Giant Mountains
Since 1995 Milos Sejn and Frank van de Ven have co-operated in their bi-annual interdisciplinary open-air Body-Site-Exploration projects in various National & Cultural Reserves in the Czech Republic (Kokorin Valley, Plasy Monastery, Bohemian Karst, Bechyne Monastery with the Luznice River, Bohemian Paradise, Sumava and Krkonose Mountains, Kuks Spa, The Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Morawa River) known as the Bohemiae Rosa Project.
edition of the Bohemiae Rosa Project
take place in a mountain range located in the north of the Czech Republic and
the south-west of Poland, part of the Sudetes mountain system (part of the
Bohemian Massif). We will find there high prelands, reamins of glacial valleys,
high peaks, wild valleys, brooks, waterfalls, tundra meadows. Walking and working in
theGiant Mountains we investigate the numerous relations between Body and
Landscape and their significance to contemporary (Performing) Arts.
The program will include:
• MB - (mind/body, muscles/bones) movement training directly inside the Giant Valley below the higest peak of Bohemia, mountain Sněžka
• practice of and reflection on physical and mental training
• walking and wandering, silent walk, pilgrimage and nocturnal journeys
• various modes of experiencing body, movement and landscape
• investigating divergent senses of space and time
• peripatetic records, drawing, writing, immediate contact with surroundings
• mental topography of a location, myth, archaic mind and genius loci
• geology, archaeology and history of the Landscape as a model of self: layers, vertical connections and labyrinths
An integral part of the workshop will be the individual artistic projects that participants are encouraged to formulate and work on for about 1 to 2 hours a day. (in the fields architecture, landscape art, dance, performance, photography, sculpture, theatre, visual arts, biology and natural history). The workshop leaders are available to guide and support these processes.
The body is a landscape in itself moving within the larger frame of the given surrounding environment. The vertical and horizontal layering of the (historical) landscape invites us to reflect upon our own layers and connections of self and imagination.
Participants profile: artists and advanced students working in performance, dance, landscape art, sculpture, photography, architecture, theatre, visual arts, biology and natural history. Selection of participants will be based on c.v. and motivation.
No previous (dance) training is necessary but the workshop will be physically demanding. A good overall condition is required.
August 27 – September 1, 2019, arrival in the evening of August 26
Meeting Place: YETTI Cottage, Czech Republic
Landline: +420 731 515 758
Nearby airport is in Praha. Pec pod Sněžkou is accessible by bus.
For extended flyer with biographies of Milos Sejn, Frank van de Ven and photos from the Giant Mountains area see
Production of Bohemiae Rosa Project: Katerina Bilejova
To apply send name, a short c.v. and a motivation letter to
Frank van de Ven firstname.lastname@example.org or Milos Sejn email@example.com.
From Bohemiae Rosa Project – September 11
2003 Bohemiae Rosa V Bohemian Paradise
E X T E N D E D I N F O R M A T I O N
The Giant Mountains
The Krkonoše (Czech: [ˈkr̩konoʃɛ]
(listen)), Karkonosze (Polish: [karkɔˈnɔʂɛ]), Riesengebirge (German),
Riesageberge (Silesian German) or Giant Mountains, are a mountain range
located in the north of the Czech Republic and the south-west of Poland, part of
the Sudetes mountain system (part of the Bohemian Massif). The Czech-Polish
border, which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia, runs along
the main ridge. The highest peak, Sněžka (Polish: Śnieżka, German: Schneekoppe),
is the Czech Republic's highest point with an elevation of 1,603 metres
On both sides of the border, large areas of the mountains are designated national parks (the Krkonoše National Park in the Czech Republic and the Karkonosze National Park in Poland), and these together constitute a cross-border biosphere reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. The source of the River Elbe is within the Krkonoše.
works in the fields of visual art, performance and study of visual perception.
From the beginning of the 1960s he took pictures, drew, collected and described
his observations of nature during his wanderings through the Czech landscape.
Currently he teaches mixed media and the relationship of nature and art as
intrinsic needs of the mind, and focuses
on immediate creative possibilities, based upon relations between historical
humanized landscapes and intact nature.
CD ROMs: Colorvm Natvrae Varietas (Centrum for Culture and Communication in Budapest c3, 2000); Make Your Own Island/Make Your Own Forest (Utrecht School of the Arts, Institute for postgraduate and professional higher education in the Arts, 2001); Books: Being Landscape, 2010
Frank van de Ven
is a dancer and choreographer who spend his formative years in Japan working
with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company. In 1993 he founded together
with Katerina Bakatsaki
'Body Weather Amsterdam', a platform for training and performance. Since
1995 he conducts with Milos Sejn the interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project,
connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture. Interest in
dance and theory led to the 'How to make yourself a Dancing Body Without Organs'
Project. Together with Peter Snow (Monash University) he performs the famed
Thought/Action Improvisations. An ongoing collaboration exists with
musician Daniel Schorno, artistic director of Steim Amsterdam.
Films (video and 16mm): Dancing Plasy Times 8, CI-VIT, LOM and NOUGHTS.
*site n., pl. -s [Latin situs "place, position", from sinere "to leave, place, lay"] 1. the actual or planned location 2 the place or scene of something (a camp site) / site vt., to place on a site or in position: locate
*body n., pl. -ies [OE, bodig, cask] 1. the whole physical substance of a man, animal or plant 2. the trunk of a man or animal 3. a corpse 4. [Colloq.] a person 5. a distinct mass [a body of water] 6. a distinct group of people or things 7. the main part 8. substance or consistency, as of liquid 9. richness of flavor
*landscape n., pl. -s [Dutsch landschap, from land + -schap "-ship"] 1. a picture of natural inland scenery 2. a portion of land that the eye can see in one glance
*wander vb., wan-dered, wan-der-ing [OE, wandrian] 1. to move about aimlessly or without a fixed course or goal: ramble 2a to deviate (as from a course): stray 2b to go astray morally: err 2c to lose normal mental contact (as delirium or madness)
*walk n., pl. -s [vb OE, wealkan "to roll, toss"] 1. a going on foot (go for a walk) 2. a place, path, or course for walking 3. distance to be walked 4a manner of living 4b social or economic status (various walks of life) 5a manner of walking 5b a gait of a four-footed animal in which there are always at least two feet on the ground
G. D. Friedrich: Morning in the Giant Mountains, between 1810 and 1811
Production of Bohemiae Rosa Project: Katerina Bilejova